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Cotton Insulation Pros and Cons: Here's the Latest Lowdown

Cotton Insulation Pros and Cons: Here's the Latest Lowdown

Cotton insulation was developed in the 1990s by Cotton Unlimited of Post in Texas, USA. With abundant fabric waste left over from the manufacturing and production of jeans, the cut-offs and scraps were used for building insulation, to stuff the cavities and spaces in floors, walls and roofs.

When choosing to move to a new insulation solution, it’s important weigh up the benefits, so this article will cover cotton insulation pros and cons, to allow you to make an informed and considered decision.

Cotton insulation in the home is often seen as a sustainable, environmentally-friendly option, as it enables you to utilise material, that would be otherwise go to waste.

However, there are some factors that need considering before you make your decision as to which insulation to have installed.

Water Absorption

Cotton insulation can absorb water. Whilst there isn’t usually a great deal of water in your wall, floor or roof cavities, there is always moisture in the air, and it is this that can bring damp into your home.

Many insulation options absorb water to a small degree and then dry out later, this process does have an impact on the effectiveness of the insulation.

Icynene spray foam insulation forms a barrier against water so doesn’t allow anything through. Spray foam insulation won’t deteriorate, grow mould or degrade over time which gives it the upper hand compared to other insulation solutions.

Cotton Insulation Pros and Cons: Here's the Latest Lowdown

The most energy efficient insulation product is spray foam insulation, which has been proved to reduce energy bills by up to 30%. Customers frequently mention the near-immediate noticeable change

Pest Control

It’s an unfortunate fact that traditional insulation proves to be an enticing food source for pests.

Bugs, mice and rats can all feed on insulation panels, and the cavities within the buildings in which they’re placed become the perfect home for them to live and breed in, as they’re cool, dark and secluded.

Sspray foam insulation deals with this issue in two ways. The nature of the foam means that there’s no space within which for pests to enter the property or to live in. The seal against the outside world means there’s no entry point.

Secondly, as the foam won’t grow mould or deteriorate, it can’t and won’t become a food stuff for any critters at all!

Energy Efficiency

Cotton insulation’s cons mean that although it may be a recycled product, your energy usage in the home will actually increase, as you heat and cool your property more, due to its inefficiencies.

The most energy efficient insulation product is spray foam insulation, which has been proved to reduce energy bills by up to 30%. Customers frequently mention the near-immediate noticeable change.

Installation

The key to any successful installation is investing in the best-fit insulation solution, applied in the correct amounts.

Cotton insulation is a ‘DIY’ job, but spray foam must be installed by expert technicians with full accreditation and training.

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